"2018.06.19 duet with Unfinished Symphonies — Pittsburgh, PA — in person": Starting on January 1st, 2018, I began making a movie every day of me playing (M)Usic. The plan was to shoot one every day of 2018 & to string together excerpts from each of them in chronological order to make a feature-length movie to be called "365". Along the way I decided to compile monthly reports named by month & year, e.g.: "January, 2018", & to release these online a month after they were done. Hence, "January, 2018" was uploaded on March 1, 2018. I started thinking about each month more & more thematically. "May, 2018" became my piano month. "June, 2018" is my duets month. It was difficult to find 30 local people willing to play a duet with me to meet my goal of a different duet for every day in June so I contacted people in my international contacts to somehow make a duet together — using Skype or some other means. We've been playing the duets for as long as they take, spontaneously deciding when they were over, & then I've been excerpting roughly :20 to a minute to use in "June, 2018" & "365". At 1st, each movie that I made documenting each duet was thought of as little more than raw footage but, gradually, they started seeming like significant works in & of themselves. SO, after I'd edited the footage I shot with Michael Pestal via FaceTime, I decided to declare each movie to stand on its own & to break my pattern of waiting a month to post the monthly footage to post one of these daily duets every other day starting on June 16th, until mid-August when all of them would be uploaded. This 19th one features Unfinished Symphonies, a man of many names. Un, as I shall henceforth call him, & I met when I was looking far & wide for members of HiTEC (Histrionic Thought Experiment Cooperative) in 2008 & he was suggested to me. It's interesting, to me at least, that even though I have less enthusiasm for pop music than most people, I sometimes work with pop musicians & enjoy it. Un is a perfect example. His musical tastes are very different from mine, as are his poetic ones. That's ok with me, at least he PLAYS MUSIC & READS & WRITES. HiTEC's "Systems Management" was structured to be open to most things a member might do & Un, thanks to his propensity for pop, often did things that other members wouldn't do — like throw in a quote from the Beatles. That was fine: such perversion kept us on our toes. Since the demise of HiTEC in 2010, Un & I have stayed friends & collaborators — he's possibly the last drinking buddy I have left. He was a regular participant in the mms that I organized starting in 2011 ( http://idioideo.pleintekst.nl/mm.html ) & he was a contributor to the 1st MM CD ( https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/mm4 ). I was a participant in the shenanigans of his Secret Music Society & I published some of the recorded results on my "Odds & Ends" tape compilations. I've also been in at least 3 of his music videos — such as "more heavy sledding by the secret music society" ( https://youtu.be/ojoBus4LWDM ). When he came to my house for this duet he brought an electric bass & a new bass amp that he'd bought for his wife & collaborator Mr$. Funky. The duets didn't necessarily have to be anything in particular so when Un proposed that we play one of his pop songs I was game. I still had a micro-Korg checked out from my local library so I was happy to wing it with that while I discovered what a rockin' bass player Un could be. My main regret is that we didn't amplify the vocals. They're audible but I feel like they don't hold their own with the amplified playing. All in all, I'm glad we played what we did so that the variety of the duets could be expanded. On a different note, I often explain to people that I'm not a musician, that I'm a Usician, a Low Classicist, a booed usician, a Sound Thinker, etc. People often seem to agree that I'm not a musician because they hate the way I play so much & hate the way I break all sorts of unwritten laws about what makes 'good music'. In other words, they don't understand that I'm trying to make a point that I'm thinking about context & creatively exploring it. - tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE note written on July 18, 2018E.V.
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